A taste of Bollywood came to Pendleside Hospice during a special Tai Chi event.
The Hospice became a sea of colour during the session run by staff and patients who are members of our Tai Chi group.
The group members, performed a Bollywood style Tai Chi dance for people that attend our Interest Group, a well-being group for people being treated curatively or who are in remission.
The idea came after work experience dance student Harriet Renda started volunteering with the group.
Emily Whiteoak, rehabilitation assistant who runs the Tai Chi sessions, and Harriet had the idea to incorporate elements of dance into the Tai Chi sessions.
The 21-year-old from Barrowford said: “I’ve known about the Hospice through my mum who is an auxiliary nurse here. I wanted to do something worthwhile during the summer and thought that it would be great to come to the Hospice and help with the rehabilitation team.
“I was very nervous when I started but everyone has been so supportive and helpful. I came up with the idea of incorporating dance into the Tai Chi session. The group have really enjoyed it – we have even used ribbons in the routine, it’s been a lot of fun.”
To mark the end of Harriet’s placement the group decided to hold a show of what they have learned.
Emily Whiteoak, rehabilitation assistant who runs the Tai Chi sessions said: “The Tai Chi group has been very successful during the two years that it has been running. The idea behind the group was to offer patients an exercise session that provides some light exercise and help them regain their fitness level. The session is also adapted to meet the different needs of the patient so it is suitable for them to work within their own pace and limitations.
“Harriet has been a breath of fresh air, bringing a new dynamic and energy to the sessions. We have included the principals of Tai Chi but wanted to make it very fun and uplifting with elements of dance in it too. The group has found it a lot of fun and it’s been a real team effort from all involved.”
Harriet added: “One of the main things I’ve taken from my experience is that despite the preconceived idea of a hospice being a sad place, Pendleside is not like that at all. It’s such a happy place where a lot of positive things go on.”
The Tai Chi sessions take place at Pendleside Hospice every Tuesday from 10.30am to 11.30am are available to people who meet the Hospice criteria. Anyone who wants to find out more can call Emily on 01282 440127.